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Root River Report

Steelhead at Root River

The following information is the latest fishing information for the Root River in Racine. We will post new information to this site every TUESDAY at 4:00 pm from September through December and from March through May. We will also update the number of fish processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility to give you the exact number of fish passed upstream. Depending on water conditions and number of fish in the weir, fish are usually processed on Mondays and Thursdays.

In addition, you can call our Lake Michigan Fishing Hotline at (414) 382-7920 to hear the latest fishing information for Lake Michigan and its tributaries or check out our Lake Michigan Outdoor Report

Root River Steelhead Facility

Lake Michigan trout and salmon don't successfully reproduce in Wisconsin streams, so DNR gives Mother Nature a hand. Watch fisheries crews collect eggs and milt from spawning fish to create the next generation of steelhead to challenge anglers on the big pond.

Root River Fishing Report for May 11, 2015

The river has cooled slightly due too all the rain in the past week and is currently at 55F. The large amount of rain has also raised the water level and flow significantly. Fishing pressure is currently very low, and no more then 2 anglers have been present along the river at a given time for most of the weekend. Catch rates are also very low, with anglers having better success when targeting bass or pike then rainbow trout.

For up to date river conditions, check out the USGS web site of stream flow conditions [exit DNR]  in Wisconsin.

Fishing Information

  • Above the weir: Fishing upstream has been the most productive, with the few trout recorded this week all being upstream. Fishing for bass upstream has been the more productive, with quite a few number of larger fish being landed. The spring run is quite clearly ending, and it would be surprising to see any anglers have much success fly fishing for trout this week.
  • Below the weir: Fishing downstream has been very poor over the weekend, with the only action being reported at the beginning of the week. The cold weather kept most anglers indoors and those that did fish through the rain had very few bites to show for it. As with upstream, it's obvious that few trout remain in the Root River and anglers will be hard pressed to find them with a fly rod.

Root River Steelhead Facility Report

DATE: April 27 2015 RIVER TEMP: 52
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured 774      
Passed Upstream 711    


Taken to Hatchery        
Spawned at Facility

201 Chambers

174 Ganaraska

Egg Take

326,000 Chambers

328,000 Ganaraska

Last revised: Monday May 11 2015